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March Book Madness!

photo of kids in gym by March Book Madness sign

What if you took all the excitement of the March Madness basketball tournament and channeled it into books? What if you had a selection day when the competing books for the year were announced? What if you made brackets of books that kids would vote on to see how far their favorites made it in the tournament? 

And what if, somehow, it worked?

That somehow has come true for the last several years, as the Foundation has helped sponsor March Book Madness, a fun annual competition that elementary school students enjoy as much as the most diehard basketball fan trying to create the perfect bracket on ESPN.

At this year’s Selection Day at Breton Downs elementary, the students that packed the gym for the announcement all leaned forward as the names of this year’s competing books were revealed. Brackets posted at all the elementary schools kept track of the competition all the way to the final round, when this year’s winning books were announced. 

“Our kids get fired up for books!” says Breton Downs Principal Dr. Caroline Cannon.

Adds Lakeside Principal Stephanie Thelen, “The students get very excited about March Book Madness every year!”

  • Ray and Kristin Abraham
    Ray and Kristin Abraham
  • The Adamy Family
  • Sue and Marty Allen
  • The Bissell/Kruer Family
    The Bissell/Kruer Family
  • Dennis and Jennifer Bruce
    Dennis and Jennifer Bruce
  • Jason and Elizabeth Christopherson
  • Pat Connor
    Pat Connor
  • Nancy Cook
  • Damian and Sara deGoa
    Damian and Sara deGoa
  • Rick and Carol Godfrey
  • John and Deanna Green
  • The Iakiri Family
    The Iakiri Family
  • KV and Jena Lacks
  • Steve and Jenny McMahon
  • Dave Mehney
    Dave Mehney
  • Matthew Richenthal
    Matthew Richenthal
  • Elaine Rongey
  • Beth Wells Skaggs
    Beth Wells Skaggs
  • Abby and Rich Sorota
  • Nick Thole and Amy Turner-Thole
    Nick Thole and Amy Turner-Thole
  • Charley and Janine Thompson
    Charley and Janine Thompson